It always amazes me that when most women start thinking about and planning (and talking about) their wedding, the first thing they think about (and the one detail that matters above all others) is the dress. Two years ago, when I started the blog, I would have told you that dresses were what I was least interested in. I mean, they all looked the same anyway, right? (Okay, to be fair, a few years ago at the height of the strapless A-line tsunami, they kind of did all look the same.) Well, I have to admit that that has changed (thanks in no small part to a minor obsession with Vera Wang). I still think the other details of the wedding – colour schemes, stationery, details – are more interesting, but now I also drool a bit when a beautiful gown catches my eye. And of all the trends in wedding dresses of the last season, none has caught my eye quite like the use of feathers (usually ostrich). Like ruffles, only better. It must be heaven to float down the aisle in one of these beauties, whether it’s feather embellishments, a feather bodice (so Swan Lake) or a full feather skirt that seems to froth around the wearer like a wave. Many designers have incorporated feather textures in their 2012/2013 collections, so I thought it was about time I brought you an inspirational roundup!
If you don’t want to go the whole bird, a feather cape is a lovely alternative. Just look how pretty these are!
Image source – Row 1: Kathryn Russell photographed by Katy Melling via Love My Dress; Row 2: Lazaro photographed by Erin Hearts Court via Style Me Pretty (left); Annie Sullivan Couture Bridal photographed by Weddings By Two via Martha Stewart (right); Row 3: Lazaro photographed by Erin Hearts Court via Style Me Pretty; Row 4: Sue Wong photographed by Pink Posh Photography (left); Selia Yang via Martha Stewart (right); Row 5: Ysa Makino via Wedding Bee (left); Pronovias ‘Fidji’ photographed by Susan Sancomb Photography via Style Me Pretty (top right); Sarah Houston photographed by John Day via Rock My Wedding (bottom right); Row 6: Custom Couture by Manuela photographed by Sarah Crowder Photography via Savvy Deets Bridal (left); Michael Cinco photographed by Robyn Rachel Photography via Style Me Pretty (right); Row 7: Jim Hjelm photographed by Lotus Blossom Photography via Style Me Pretty; Row 8: Matthew Williamson photographed by Justin & Mary via Inspired by This (left); Joe Dreyer Photography (right); Row 9: Sarah Houston photographed by John Day via Rock My Wedding; Row 10: Romona Keveza via OMG I’m Getting Married; Row 11: Pronovias ‘Fidji’; Row 12: Pronovias ‘Bengasi‘ (left and right); Row 13: Custom Couture by Manuela photographed by Sarah Crowder Photography via Savvy Deets Bridal (left); Suzie Turner via RSVP Wedding Planning and Design(right); Row 14: Charlotte Casadéjus via Wedding Inspirasi (left); David Tutera for Mon Cheri (centre); Jane Yeh (right); Row 15: Teresa Helbig via Project Wedding (left); Rivini (right); Row 16: Oscar de la Renta via Daily Cup of Couture (left); I DO Photography on SBB (right); Row 17: Top Shop photographed by Braedon Photography via Green Wedding Shoes.